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this week's news on "your $$$$$" with christine romans and ali velshi, and sundays. top stories next in the "cnn newsroom." have a great weekend. in just one hour, the nation will have a new supreme court justice, and you are looking at a live shot of the supreme court building, pushing forward for the swearing-in ceremony of sonia sotomayor. and eunice kennedy shriver in a hospital and family members are gathering. the sister of john f. kennedy, the founder of 9 special olympics. also -- [ chanting ] >> disrupting town hall meetings on health care reform. organized destruction or the
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voice of the masses? from the cnn center, this is the "cnn newsroom." is saturday, august 8th. good morning, everybody. rime betty nguyen. >> and i'm rob marciani in for t.j. holmes. >> good to have you, t.j. judge sonia sotomayor will be sworn in as the 111th justice. president obama's first choice easily sailing through the senate vote this week and cnn's elaine quijano joins us live from the white house. elaine, what are people expecting to see during the swearing-in ceremony? this is the first time we'll be able to have media cameras in the room. >> reporter: yeah, it's going to be fasten aitding to watch all this but quick. we're expecting a very brief ceremony, first of all, when this takes place in about an hour or sorry, as you mentioned. first up, 40 45 minutes or so, a private swearing-in ceremony.
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this is going to be the swearing-in ceremony that uses the constitutional oath, something required under the u.s. constitution. then the judge will take a second oath at about 11:00 a.m., the one required under federal law. it's just a few lines long, and during that, the judge will pledge to administer justice impartially, looking on will be judge sonia sotomayor's mother, selena, as well as her brother juan and we're told that they will actually hold the sotomayor family bible during that public swearing-in ceremony. we are expecting it will go by very fast. not more than a few minutes long as best. >> so the president won't be there this morning for this? >> reporter: exactly right. president obama is not expected to attend. that's the latest word we have this morning, betty. we're told that the president himself wanted the ceremony to take place not here at white house as done in the past but rather at the supreme court as "a symbol of the court's
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independence" according to court and legal sources. instead what will happen, the ceremony, the public and private ceremony, will take place at the supreme court today and wednesday a reception for then justice sotomayor here at the white house. we're expecting, betty, both president obama and vice president joe biden will be on hand for that. >> taking place live right here. the swearing-in ceremony at the top of the hour. elett e11:00 eastern. we'll bring it to you live. stay with us the next hour for live coverage of that public swearing-in ceremony from the nation's capitol, 11:00 a.m. history, part of history you don't want 20 miss. and this may be a make or break month for health care reform, and president obama knows it. in his weekly address he goes out to those he believes are spreading lies about his plan. >> in recent days and weeks some
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have been using misleading information to defeat what they know is the best chance of reform we have ever had. and that's why it's importants especially now that senators and representatives head home and meet with constituents for you, the american people, to have all the facts. what we need and what we will have when we pass health insurance reform are consumer protections to make sure that those who have insurance are treated fairly and that insurance companies are held accountable. we'll require insurance companies to cover routine checkups of preventive care like mammograms, colonoscopies and eye and foot exams for diabetics to avoid costs that cost lives and too much money. >> the president will keep pushing his health care plan next week. new hampshire on tuesday. well, speaking of town hall meetings, some are just getting downright ugly for democrats ux talking with constituents about health care. listen to this.
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[ inaudible ]. >> some voters back home are angry over the health care reform plan, and skipping town halls altogether, skill drawing a heated response. one democrat has received death threats for not scheduling one. cnn gary tuchman looks at what is driving all of this anger. >> reporter: is it democracy? demagoguery? or both? congressional town hall meetings during august recess used to be sleepy a fairs. not anymore. there are images of president obama with a mustache like hitler's or looking like the joker, and also elected representatives hung in effigy.
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democratic senators like pennsylvania's arlen specter -- >> credit care and social security -- >> reporter: and missouri's claire mccaskill are hearing from extremely unhappy americans who don't like health care reform. people have been arrested. others have suffered minor injuries with pushing and shoving. democrats like florida's kathy caster have barely been able to get in a word edgewise. at her meeting, opponents were seething because hundreds were stuck outside the town hall because they couldn't fit in the room. protesters held signs from the other side of the window. the congresswoman had to be hustled out. in texas, congressman lloyd doggett tried to talk. >> voted against it. >> reporter: he, too, was drowned out. one protesters picked the congressman in a rather unsavory way. >> the crowd certainly was angry. i suppose some might have had a negative reaction to the poster that said, lloyd doggett,
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traitor to texas, devil to all people. >> reporter: how did it come to this? depends who you ask. the democratic national committee says these confrontations are orchestrated by the republican party, and the democrats have released this web video. >> they've lost the confidence of the american people. now rubbens and well-funded allies are organizing angry mobs, jut like they during the election. >> reporter: the word mob is greatly insulting to others on the other side of argument saying they are simply exercising their rights. a pennsylvanian who attended a town hall hosted by arlen specter -- >> i feel like my constitutional rights are being taken away from me right before my eyes. i don't like the direction that we're going. they're taking away our freedom of speech, and the silent majority finally is fed up with it. >> reporter: now liberal advocacy groups moveon.org sent out an e-mail to supporter, say they go have a plan to fight
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back against radical right wingers. the group is raising hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations. it's not only the weather that's hot in august. now the political temperature is boiling, too. gary tuchman, cnn, new york. shriver's family remains by her side. he is listed in stable but critical condition. mrs. shriver struggled in recent years with a series of strokes. her work to establish the special olympics was largely inspired by the struggles of her mentally disabled sister rosemary. a major blow against terrorism in asia to tell you about. police in indonesia say they have killed a top terrorist suspect. it happened during an 18-hour firefight. accusesed of killing hundreds on bali and jakarta. police say his group was planning an assassination attempt on indonesia's president.
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all right. all eyes on hurricane felicia. reynolds wolf here to inspire us with knowledge. still downgraded or weakening? >> looks like it's still weakening. satellite imagery for a moment. zoom out. this is infrared satellite imagery pshgs affected towards the north. not as well as it was say a few hours ago. i'll tell you, just about 24, to 48 hoursation it was tremendous. actually a category 4 storm. it's been downgraded to a category 1. winds at 90 miles per hour gusting to 115 and a long ways from hawaii. in fact, about 1,000 miles or so from hilo and although it is expected to weaken considerably as it gets closer to the island due to cooler water and strong upper level winds it still will provide a great deal of rainfall and heavier surf expected as well. seeing later on today, a chance of storms. that mean really rough stuff in
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parts of wisconsin and perhaps michigan before the day sout. talking about development of small hail and damaging winds perhaps even a tornado. you really can rule out the possibility of flash flooding also. one of the reasons why we'll see that, this frontal boundary we have along that warm front could see scattered showers. that low continues to track its way a bit more to the east, what we can see with that would be a little bit of that wrap-around moisture and additional rainfall back through the dakotas back into minnesota, say, and into wisconsin and michigan before the day is out. another problem we may deal with today is extreme heat. dallas, cooler than it has been, but still high humidity will make a tremendous difference. it's going to feel like it's in the triple digits. triple-digit heat you expect in phoenix. 105 today. 96 in las vegas. cool along the coast. seattle, rocked with heavy, heavy extreme heat conditions. only 69 degrees the high today. minneapolis 91. washington, d.c., with 89. that's a wrap on your forecast. back to you guys.
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>> a lot going on, thank you. >> you bet. americans in harm's way. it's not every day a former president can come to the rescue. so just how far should diplomacy go to free trapped tourists? plus, the death of a quick-talking pitchman, billy mays. what the coroner found out about his death. and california's budget crisis, cutbacks and one of the worst possible place, prison. welcome to the now network. right now
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here you have a former president going on what appeared to be a state visit from the way in which he was greeted, being received by north korea's top nuclear negotiator. >> this, as you know, came from the families. i mean, this was a message that laura and euna were given by the north koreans as they passed on to their families and former vice president gore -- >> naming him specifically. >> naming him specifically, and then they passed it on, obviously, as they should, to the rest of us. and, you know, it was not anything, you know -- bill was interested in seeking or even contemplating. of course, when vice president gore called and when our administration evaluated it and began to brief him, you know, he said, look, if you think it's the right thing to do, and if you think i should do it, of course, i will do it, but it is a private humanitarian mission. it was not in any way an
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official government mission. >> john bolton, the former -- >> i'm sorry. really shouldn't. >> this is rewarding hostage taking. why is he wrong? because they effectively took hostages? >> we've done this so many times. had former presidents do it. had sitting members of congress do it. it is something that -- you know, it is absolutely not rewarding them. it is not in any way responding to specific demands. it is a recognition that certain countries, that i think are kind of beyond the pale of the rule of law, hold people and subject them to long prison terms that are absolutely unfair and unwarranted, and maybe it's, you know, the fact i have a daughter, but i believe that if we could bring these young women home, we should bring them home.
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>> bringing those two journalists home was, of course, the priority, but so is america's overall diplomatic strategy. should any american traveler in harm's way expect similar attention and does this attention help or hurt easing tensions in countries like north korea or iran? join pd by the chairman of the cohen group and former defense secretary under president clinton. thanks secretary cohen for joining us today. >> great to be with you, betty. >> let me ask about this. we've heard from hillary clinton as to why president clinton was picked for that and what he dids, but my question to you and i think a lot of people are wondering, granted the prisoners were released, but what does north korea want in return? >> well, obviously, north korea wanted the prestige of associated with having bill clinton, former president bill clinton, travel to that country, and to secure they're release. it's also quite clear that the release was prepared in advance,
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and he was not going there to negotiate. so they wanted a high-level person from the united states. it was not going to be from the government, as secretary clinton made clear. president obama could not be in a position of yielding to this kind of a tactic on the part of the north koreans. so the north koreans had an objective but i think the obama administration also had an objective. i don't think any american citizen traveling abroad should expect they're going to have president clinton come to their rescue. this is -- >> lem ask you this, secretary cohen what did a disproportionate response, talking journalists in prison according to north korea, stepping into their territory, but you just said, when it comes to travelers they should expect it, but in this specific case, was it a disproportionate response? >> i think the obama administration had another agenda in mind as well. releasing the journalists was at great expense, not compromising foreign policy objectives. i assume the administration was
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looking into insight into kim jong-il's state of well-being, whether or not there was a sign of flexibility he would be willing to come back to the table without insisting the united states make a concession. there were other motivations i think behind this particular bringing home of the journalists and i think president clinton made an assessment of kim jong-il, brought that back to the administration. i think that will be helpful in deciding how to proceed. i think the administration now has to ind dhat they are going to proceed with a strong effort to intensify the sanctions against north korea and not let this appear to be any kind of weakening of resolve. that would be a mistake if they were to do that. >> you think because he want to the table, face-to-face, with kim jong-il in some way this would ease the tension and maybe get us back to the table to talk about denuclearization? >> i think there is probably a number of conversations that took place, perhaps some by president bill clinton, but also
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john podesta, his former chief of staff was there with him. i assume there were a number of conversations that took place. i can also speculate perhaps china was also interested in having this take place, and i don't know whether they a role in this, but they have been pressured to get the north koreans back to the bargains table and this may have been something that they were pushing from behind-the-scenes. i don't think we know. obviously, the obama administration was not going to send bill clinton to retrieve these two young journalists unless they had multiple motives in mind and objectives and i think we'll have to wait and see whether that will bear out. >> absolutely. shifting to iran and those two american hikers who have been detained there. what responsibility, seems pretty clear, though, that american tourist shos have when traveling into these hot zones? because like we talked earlier, youed is they shouldn't expect we're going to send officials over there to save them from the grips of jail? >> i think any traveler abroad
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should always take care wherever they go to abide by the laws of the country in which they're in, and they differ and they can be substantial penalty involved if you violate that. traveling to a dangerous area such as on the border between iran and afghanistan and the entire region, then i think of the travelers have to be wear if they cross over that line, taking their own like lie lines, puts them as risk and it may be difficult for the united states to do anything diplomatically to retrieve them. no u.s. president, again is going to make the kind of compromises that the iranians in this case might be demanding. so i think they she be beware. secondly, point out with respect to iran, iran may be looking for some goodwill out of all this. cracking down unmercifully people protesting against the election results. they may be eager to find a way to show that they are not going to hold these three individuals hostage. but we'll have to wait and see, but i don't think any travelers
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should expect that the united states' government now is going to be in a position to come in and to retrieve them at a moment's notice, and with some delays, should be expected. >> former defense secretary under president clinton, thanks for your time today. we appreciate it. >> sure. reminder of our counting down to the hi toishg swearing-in ceremony of sonia sotomayor. we have new video from the supreme court's east conference room where sotomayor will take the oath of office in less than an hour. going to be a new supreme court justice. up next, one of the best things about new orleans and one of the best ways to steer that city children from a life of violence. you'll want to watch the cnn "heroes" heartwarming success "heroes" heartwarming success story. e working from the road
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good morning and welcome back to the "cnn newsroom" on this august 8th. i'm betty nguyen.
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>> and i'm rob marciano in for t.j. holmes. and less than an hour from being sworn in as the next supreme court judge. sonia sotomayor. at the east conference room at the supreme court building. the ceremony will take place in a few minutes. stay late to. following this story. eunice kennedy shriver remains in critical condition inside a hospital. former sister of john f. kennedy and her daughter, maria shriver and other family member, with her. news today tv pitchman billy mays used cocaine days before he died of a heart attack and that may have contributed to his death according to a florida medical examiner. found dead in his tampa condo. heart disease the primary cause, but cocaine use may have
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contributed to the heart disease itself. may's family questioned the record and is said to be considering an independent evaluation. well, as we focus on the ailing economy here in the u.s., half a world away millions live on less than a dollar a day, and held care options, well, they are often non-existent. vietnam, where i was born. i just returned from a humanitarian trip that illustrates the importance of international aid organizations eve be during a resergs. >> reporter: our journey begins at the crack of dawn as relief supplies are loaded on to a bus. we're headed away from the hustle and bustle of ho chi minh city, formerly known at saigon to poor villages in southern saigon. it's a long and bumpy ride. once we arrive, the heavy lifting began. all of this aid was donated through the nonprofit my family founded called "help the hungry." knop that this boat is loaded
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with supplies we're headed to remote villages a little the delta. to give an indication how poverty stricken this area is, families here live on less than a dollar a day. it's important that we distribute the humanitarian aid before the potentially deadly monsoons flood the region, but you don't have to look far to find those already in need. hundreds gather at the shoreline. they'll take the food, clothing and hygienic supplies back to their huts. in fact, some are so small, even a child can't stand up inside it. what's even harder to believe, a family of five lives here. she says they've lived here for about three years. in a corner is their makeshift kitchen. they scratch out a living fishing from the same murky canals where he bathe and get their drinking water. they can't even afford to keep their children in school. her 12-year-old daughter only made it to the second grade.
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yet when i asked what she wants to be when she grows up -- he face lights up as she said, she wants to be a teacher. it's a heartbreaking battle between hope and poverty that continues to play out as we go from village to village all the way to the vietnam/cambodia border. but this is life for those who live here. it's a difficult life, and no matter how much we bring and how many times we come, you never leave feeling like you've done enough. there's so many people in need here. which is why we continue to come back, year after year. proving the poor are not alone in their struggle. and maybe in some way it will instill the kind of hope and determination needed to rise above seemingly impossible odds. that is always a difficult and very personal journey for me, because i was born in vietnam and, you know, who knows.
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had i not got than ticket to america that might well be me. it's important to me personally. we've been doing it the past nine years. it's rewarding to go into the vill villages. they are not getting any help and provide them with the food and hygienic supplies needed to get through the monsoon season. that's why we go, particularly when the monsoons comes it innovates the area, floods it, to the extent many times children are swept away. they lift in grass huts with dirt floors so they're at risk. this year we were able to help so many people. we went even along to the vietnam/cambodia border, helps a couple thousand with the aid we brought. there's always more. there are millions of people that live in this kind of poverty and not only do we bring food aid but also clothing and shoes to help children like that that you see right there. and that's really essential, too, because this is a shot of us handing out some shoes.
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many of these children are walking around bare foot. a lot of them can't even go to scho school, and you were asking a moment ago about them and being able to survive like that. you build up an immunity. from the canals, bathing, using rest room and fishing. >> what do you take away from this, in nine years? >> that there is hope. despite all of it, you saw the little girl with only a second grade education. when ask you what do you want to be when you grow up? she says i want to be a teacher. despite what they don't have, they do have an abundance of hope. sometimes that will take you over what is needed to get to the where you want to be. >> i'm sure going to take you back there a tenth year? >> absolutely, dedicated to it. for nor information go to the website. and you can also go to cnn.com impact to find out how you can impact your world. >> spreading the love. thanks for sharing your sdpeerns, great stuff. in the next 30 minutes a new
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supreme court justice sonia sotomayor will be sworn in in washington, but people across the country are tuning in. our susan candiotti joins us live. a watching party, is it? >> that's right. and a special connection because many people, if not every american knows by now, judge sotomayor, born in the bronx, her parents moved here from puerto rico and you have a lot of puerto ricans here. also, us a know, she also worked as a prosecutor here, went on to work in the appeals court. a lot of new york connections. here we've got two young women, let's say, who got specially made t-shirts for this occasion. gloria and laura. gloria, why is it such a special day for you? >> oh, my gosh. why is it such a special day for us? because for so many years latina women are projected in ways,
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usually a sexual or emotional being. women who have no mind, and that's what sonia sotomayor does not represent. it's another aspect of ourselves. we are special, beautiful women. we are also brilliant and sharp and able to achieve the highest. >> reporter: what kind of a role model do you think sonia sotomayor will be for you and for other women possibly? >> i think she'll be a great role model. it inspires me. i can see myself there as well. i want to be a boilgs. i know if she can get all the way up there, i can totally reach my goal. a great role model. >> reporter: thank you very much. i'm going to swing in this direction to talk to myra. tell me why else you have --
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>> i'm sorry. >> tell me why you admire her? >> i admire a woman who followed her dream, but first and foremost, i admire the woman who -- is reaching her dream as a mother. this is a single puerto rican parent who raise two wonderful children. one is a doctor and look where the other one is headed to. the supreme court. so i admire that so very much, and i am attune to what is happening, which wise latino women, yes, she is a wise latina so -- [ speaking in foreign language ] >> reporter: agnes, swing around this way here. you're getting reaction from the crowd. agnes, talking with you. it's your turn. we love it. agnes, you feel strongly about
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judge sotomayor. you heard people say that perhaps she won't be able to be objective because of past comments she made -- perhaps better than others can because she a latina? >> sometimes you have to respect the values of people who have had those differences in their lives, because coming from a poor neighborhood, you can tell the differences. and you can feel the differences. but i know and i know in my heart, that she's going to do the right thing, regardless. regardless, if she's the latino woman and whatever cases come from front of her, they're going to be very successful with her. she's going to be an asset for them. an asset. >> reporter: thank you very much. okay. automatic reaction and comments obviously watching themselves on television right now. it will be an viting time for the people, back to you, betty
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and rob. >> all right, susan candiotti, live getting a little flavor. checking back with you. thanks, susan. >> you can feel the excitement in that room, and it's all for what is about to happen in just a matter of about 20 minutes. we are going to see the swearing in of sonia sotomayor to the u.s. supreme court. you don't want to miss it. it is history taking place today.
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i want you to imagine this. 32 stories of luxury. >> okay. >> all to yourself. like a dream. maybe too good to be true? for one family, it's turning into a nightmare. >> makes you think of an old "twilight "zone" episode. all a by-product of a shady condo. >> reporter: ah, yes. resort living.
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at the pool there's always a chair. your own private gym with state-of-the-art equipment, and can you work out all by yourself. there's nobody here to bother you. look at this parking garage. you never have to lunt for a space. and when you get on the elevator, you never have to worry about anybody getting off first. sounds great. right? well, maybe you should talk to victor. >> this is our condo on the 67th floor. >> reporter: this going to be victor and his family vacation retirement home in the oh oasis. it's in fort myers, florida. the new jersey fireman closed in november, paid $420,000. >> i tell people at home and they just say, it's your own building. sounds great, but, you know, it can be eerie at night. almost like a horror movie. >> reporter: why? because the rest of the building is empty. this is a ghost tower. when the housing market collapsed, fort myers got hit
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hard. most of the units never sold. those that did, the owners were able to move to the sister tower next door where there are people. but victor's lender won't agree to let him swap his unit here for one there. >> i've called them up a couple time. got their law department in which told me, don't leave your unit. they recommended abandonment. so i have to stay here. >> reporter: his attorney and the developer are trying to negotiate a solution. nothing yet. victor's biggest concern, safety. someone got in the building a month ago, now every night, he checks the building's locks. >> i have to make sure, yeah, because if i don't, what happens is they can get into this pool area through the parking garage. >> reporter: the family had no idea how this will ultimately work out, but what is really starting to bother them is the eerie silence. when the only other voice they hear is -- >> door's opening. >> reporter: john zarrella, cnn,
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fort myers, florida. how many times have we complained we can't get an elevator in any building because it's on another floor? >> one extreme to the other. we are counting down to the top of the hour. people across the nation are gathering to watch the first hispanic woman take the oath of supreme court justice.
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melissa long has important tips to help you put the miles to good use in this week's "on the go." >> reporter: maximize your frequent flier miles by playing it smart. >> if you're considering buying, do your plath. if you find a particularly great fare it might make sense to pay and save your miles for when prices go up. >> reporter: some airline delta and united offer programs to combine miles and cash for a flight, but be sure to read the fine print before redeeming miles. >> plenty of great deals with frequent flier miles.
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beware there are restrictions. >> reporter: check in with your airline on upgrading seats and sharing miles and arm yourself with information. >> a great resource, points.com learning about earning, buying and selling miles. if you're miles are be to expire, be aware what they can give you for hotel stays home improvements and more. >> yeah. >> take a trip. >> let's do it. up next, a big thing happens this morning. sonia sotomayor minutes away from becoming a supreme court justice. you can watch it right here live pap preview of the historic day, coming up.
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i, barack hussein obama do solemnly swear that i will
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execute the office of president to it united states faithfully. >> that i will execute -- >> faithfully the office of the -- >> the office of the president of the united states faithfully. >> remember that one? yeah. chief justice john roberts, having a little trouble with the oath during president obama's inauguration. well, he's getting another chance on the national stage with today's swearing in of judge sonia sotomayor to the supreme court. you can see it live right here on cnn, actually in about ten minutes. this is the first time in the court's history that the television cameras have been aloud at the washington ceremony. then again, this is day of firsts for sure as sonia sotomayor takes the official oath of office, she becomes the make's first hispanic supreme court justice. and legal correspondent manny joins us live from l.a. manny, certainly a historic day. you are latino. you have a special perspective for sure. how is this going to all immediately impacts the latino
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community? >> reporter: a significant impact on so many levels. first, the first word that comes to mind is pride, to have a woman of this caliber, of this intellectual prowess elevated to the highest court in the land makes every latino and latina in the land very proud of what's going on. i think also she will bring such an important perspective to the high court. this is woman whose academic credentials are beyond reproach, sterling and like many justices sitting currently, she's been a trial lawyer and both a federal judge as well. her unique perspective when all is said and done will make the high court even stronger and more diverse than it is now. >> the biggest immediate impact there? being a trial lawyer, being a latina? >> well, absolutely. bear this in mind. i covered the supreme court for many years out of washington, d.c. a new justice' trial record is not established in the first year. takes multiple years to see what the judicial philosophy of a justice is, not meaning they
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won't be thrown into the fray immediately. she'll be resolving very important cases and the impact will be significant and pretty quick, i think. >> i assume no fraternal hazing going on but has challenges ahead of per what what do you think the biggest ones are nos just in the first year but the years going forward? >> i think the biggest challenge for sonia sotomayor is just guests adjusted to the high court. samuel alito indicated he had to figure how to get in and out of the building. new rules. you're the one whose opens the door, as junior justice. taking notes to report to the clerk what's transpired, but i think that first year will be a period of adjustment. then after that, she will hit her stride. have a significant impact on so many important areas ever law that impacts americans, whether criminal law or environmental employment, et cetera. the list goes on and on. you have to keep your eye on the
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ballality this issue. hispanic, long overdue. many has panks feel this way and this woman deserves to be on the high court. one the top academic prize at princeton headed up the law review at yale law school. a marvelous selection answers again, come full circumstance toll what i said earlier. such immense pride amongst the latino community this morning. >> interesting point. we shouldn't make a big deal if she gets up to open the door. it's not a sexist thing and not a racial thing for sure. all right. manny, thanks for the insights. we look forward to the ceremony minutes away. i know you'll be watching. up next the nation's first hispanic supreme court justice takes the oath of office. >> for the first time in the court's history, cameras actually aloud into this washington ceremony. washington ceremony. cnn will bring you historic moment as we are watching and standing by. lots of discounts on car insurance. can i get in on that? are you a safe driver? yes. discount!
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from the cnn center in atlanta, you're in the "cnn newsroom." it's saturday august 8th. good morning, i'm rob mars yawn know for t.j. holmes. >> good to have you here with rob. appreciate that. i'm betty nguyen. out on the west coast it's 8:00 a.m. and a historymaking moment at the united states supreme court today. this hour, judge sonia sotomayor recites two oaths becoming the 111th justice. she is the first hispanic on the court and only the third female. cnn's elaine quijano is at the white house, and senior legal analyst jeffrey toobin joins us by phone, and we're watching right now live pictures. seeing family members, sotomayor family members entering the room for this public swearing in. let me get back to you, elaine. we'll see one ever these sbaring-in ceremonies. that, too, in itself, the fact we are watching it and watching it live is history. >> reporter: that's right. i have to confess, my

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